January 2017 Book Log

My favourite book in January

For 2017, I set myself another challenge to read 52 books. A book per week sounds like an achievable goal, in my opinion! I made a good head start in January (a few days off, lots of train travel and no show I’m watching on Netflix at the moment might be the reason for that). If you’re looking for a new book to read, you might want to give these a go!

Fiction

Half of a Yellow Sun / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi

If you’ve been a reader of this blog for a while, you know that I’ve been a fan of Adichi’s books for years. I finally read her most appraised one “Half of a Yellow Sun” in January and I’m so glad that I did! It deals with the Biafran war from 1967 to 1970 – a war I never heard about before, I must admit – from the perspective of three different narrators. It’s a heartbreaking tale, something everybody interested in international affairs should read, in my opinion.

Homegoing / Yaa Gyasi

Another novel set on African soil, Homegoing tells the history of slavery in America from two different angles. It sets out with the story of half-sisters Effia and Esi. Both grow up in 18th century Ghana under very different circumstances: Effia is married to a British slave trader, Esi herself is sold into slavery. Homegoing tells the story of the generations that follow these two – a mesmerizing page turner.

Non-Fiction

On Writing / Stephen King

I haven’t read any of King’s novels yet, but I’ve heard plenty of times that “On Writing” is a must-read for every hobby writer out there. I finally picked it up at the bookstore around Christmas and it definitely is worth the praise! Half memoir, half writing tips , you should give King’s book a go if you’re thinking about becoming a writer.

Talking as fast as I can / Lauren Graham

I’m a BIG Gilmore Girls fan, no denying that. So, when Lauren Graham published a memoir last year, of course I had to get a copy! It’s funny, heart-warming and easy to read – ideal for a grey winter day while you’re waiting for Spring.

The Folded Clock / Heidi Julavits

The Folded Clock has been on my list for a while. I loved Julavits’ anthology “Women in Clothes” and her journal is just as whimsical and fun to read. She’s definitely slightly neurotic, but that makes reading this one even more fun.

Did you read any great books lately?